When should you take your UKCAT?

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June 29, 2015 by Emedica

UKCAT can be taken any time from the beginning of July to the beginning of October. Subject to availability students can take their test whenever they like and we are often asked ‘when is the best time?’. Here’s some thoughts to consider!

1. Regardless of when you take the UKCAT you really should book it early. Test slots fill up and, if you leave it too late, you may find yourself having to sit it in a place which is inconvenient and at a time you wouldn’t have chosen.

2. Whilst we understand you want to chill for a while before getting back down to study after your AS exams we generally think it’s best to take the UKCAT earlier rather than later. Better to relax after your exams and UKCAT are over than just get properly rested only to have to start studying again!

3. If you don’t take your UKCAT until autumn then you will have less time to concentrate on either your A level studies which will resume in September or on your UKCAT.

4. It’s cheaper to take your UKCAT in the summer – £65 for a July or August test and £80 for September or October (in the UK – outside of the UK there’s a flat rate of £100).

5. Rescheduling your UKCAT is quite straightforward – as long as there’s a full day notice you can swap your test slot (subject to availability) without any penalty. This means that if you’ve planned to take it early and ‘stuff happens’ you can reschedule and still have time on your side.

6. Statistically people who take the UKCAT early seem to do better. This is probably self selecting – the highly motivated self starting type simply do better – but you may as well try and play the stats to your advantage!

7. If you take your UKCAT in August you have time before to properly prepare and time after to properly relax.

8. UKCATprep.com runs Crammer courses in August! Why not come along, use what you’ve learned and sit the test at the end of August?!

We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 2000 fully updated UKCAT questions, with the same screen layout as the real thing. The service reflects all the new changes for the current year. We also run a 1 day Crammer Course to help boost your UKCAT score – book here!

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